Thursday, March 31, 2016

Contact:    Kathy English   Director of Management Information and Services   201-488-2121    NORTH JERSEY FRIENDSHIP ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF CEO AND NAMES HIS SUCCESSOR
Hackensack, NJ March 31st 2016 – The Board of Trustees of North Jersey Friendship House (NJFH) has announced that the leadership transition strategically planned over the last few months is complete. John T. Doyle (Jack Doyle) is retiring from his position as CEO for the last 7 years and Leonard J. Nicolosi (former Friendship House CEO) has been named as his successor.

While at Friendship House, Doyle was instrumental in the development of many programs and services as well as doubling the agency’s operating budget. The effort he put forth on behalf of the organization has resulted in growth, financial security and a well-earned positive reputation for quality services. According to Jack Doyle: “I have been CEO of Friendship House for the past seven years. It has been the most gratifying experience in my professional career. I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for this opportunity. The Board has been most supportive of me throughout my tenure and it is deeply appreciated. I have been fortunate to have a most creative staff and with their collaboration, a number of innovative programs have been developed to meet the needs of our members.”

In January, Len Nicolosi accepted the position of CEO. He had held the same position at Friendship House prior to Jack Doyle and is pleased to have the opportunity to not only continue the momentum of growth, but also expand the current programs and services as well. Friendship House has been in the process of developing a strategic plan for the next 3 – 5 years. Len Nicolosi will lead this effort and feels “The finished product will make NJFH a more responsive organization to the needs of our members and the community at large.”

NJFH is a not for profit 501 (c)(3) vocational rehabilitation center which was established in 1964 by the Teaneck Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. From its start as a storefront operation staffed by dedicated volunteers, NJFH has grown into a 30,000 square foot facility staffed by over 90 professionals providing services to approximately 700 men and women each year. NJFH has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for over 30 years which signals the commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. In addition, NJFH is closely affiliated with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, licensed by the Department of Human Services and is also a vendor for the Division of Developmental Disabilities Real Life Choices.
The mission of NJFH is to “build the skills” of individuals with varying abilities and developmental needs by providing, within a safe haven, comprehensive clinical treatment, vocational training and work opportunities in order to achieve meaningful and productive lives. Currently, NJFH provides pre-vocational and vocational training in maintenance, food services, product packaging and assembly workshop, and graphics, as well as job coaching, supported employment, and partial care services to our members.
NJFH is confident that the strong path Jack Doyle set for the organization will only continue under Len Nicolosi’s leadership. For more information on NJFH or ways to get involved, please check out our website or call 201-488-2121.